U.S. Cellular Announces New Non-Profit Relationship with JASON Learning

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U.S. Cellular is announcing its new nonprofit relationship with JASON Learning, an education-focused organization with headquarters based in Virginia. As part of its commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, U.S. Cellular worked with JASON Learning to create a custom STEM-focused design thinking challenge targeted to students in its markets. This “Storm Sanctuary” challenge, referred to as …


Tech experts to provide National Centre for Computing Education (GOV.UK)

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Pupils up and down the country will benefit from the UK’s first National Centre for Computing Education led by British experts, it can be revealed today. A consortium made up of STEM Learning, the British Computing Society and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, has been chosen as the provider for the project, which is backed by £84million of government investment. The …


One form of “screen-time” to encourage (Thrive Global)

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As our society becomes increasingly dependent on technology for entertainment, communication, commerce, and even transportation, we all grapple with the challenges of smartphone addiction. This is a problem among adults and an even bigger concern for our children. The youngest generation has never known a world without smartphones, and many are developing their patterns of technology usage well before they’ve …


A new Walmart ‘cloud factory’ will accelerate digital innovation, boost business efficiency (Microsoft)

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Walmart is expanding its technology center in Austin, Texas, to accelerate digital innovation that transforms how associates work and delivers more convenient ways for customers to shop. About 30 technologists, including engineers from both Walmart and Microsoft, will work together side by side in the cloud factory, expected to open in early 2019 as an extension to a strategic partnership announced in …


Amazon to split HQ2 evenly between two cities due to lack of tech talent (ABC Denver)

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There will be two new headquarters for Amazon, with 25,000 people in each location. Amazon has not announced which two cities the headquarters will be in, but that information is expected later this week, according to the Wall Street Journal. The HQ2 split will happen because of a lack of technology talent. It has been more than a year since the company sought …


Base 11 Creates STEM Ecosystems for Training (Advanced Manufacturing)

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Base 11 is a nonprofit workforce accelerator committed to solving the growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent crisis, which is fueled by the underrepresentation of women and ethnic minorities. Base 11 believes that by solving this problem, we can also help to establish a sustainable, inclusive middle class. The STEM talent shortage is not new, but we need new solutions. …


Amgen Foundation Deepens Commitment To Aspiring Scientists Worldwide By Expanding Amgen Scholars Program (Amgen)

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The Amgen Foundation today announced the expansion of the Amgen Scholars Program, a hands-on research program that allows undergraduates to spend a summer at one of many of the world’s premier research institutions. The new four-year, $21 million commitment brings the program to a total of 24 elite institutions across the U.S., Europe, Asia and, for the first time, Australia …


UB professor using podcasts to connect Native American teachings with STEM education (UBuffalo)

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As with many indigenous communities, Native American students often find contemporary science teaching methods challenging because they conflict with the traditional way these students learn. Native Americans traditionally gather knowledge through their oral tradition of storytelling, while most academic institutions follow the Western scientific methods. Thus, Native American students often find STEM educational experiences in institutions ranging from middle schools …


Little Rock AFB hosts Arkansas’ largest STEM Fest (U.S. Air Force)

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Little Rock Air Force Base hosted Arkansas’ largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics festival in conjunction with the Thunder Over the Rock Air and Space Show, with a field trip day Oct. 26 that drew more than 20,000 attendees, over 13,000 of whom were students. The students, teachers and chaperones in attendance experienced exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering and …


Amazon launches ‘Amazon Future Engineer’ program to support computer science education (GeekWire)

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Amazon is officially launching a new program it calls “Amazon Future Engineer,” a broad, community-based push into schools and education that represents a renewed emphasis on education, an area in which it’s had mixed success. The free program unveiled Thursday is tightly focused on computer science as part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. Amazon says it’s taking a …


Teaching 21st Century Skills Requires New Assessments (T.H.E. Journal)

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As schools invest more time teaching students critical thinking skills, the need to invest in technology to enable measurement of teaching methods will become increasingly important, according a report from the Brookings Institution.  The report examines how 21st century skills are becoming a central part of teaching in countries around the world and how to address assessment needs. “When the skills are complex, …


New Report Says ‘Citizen Science’ Can Support Both Science Learning and Research Goals (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine)

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Scientific research that involves nonscientists contributing to research processes – also known as ‘citizen science’ – supports participants’ learning, engages the public in science, contributes to community scientific literacy, and can serve as a valuable tool to facilitate larger scale research, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  If one of the goals of a citizen …


Apple, Amazon, Google and others sign letter opposing Trump’s attempt to redefine gender (TechCrunch)

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A list of 50-plus companies, including some of tech’s top names, joined forces this week to pen a letter calling out the Trump administration over a reported plan to narrow gender definitions. Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco and more drafted the letter (full text below) in response to a recent New York Times story about a planned federal rollback of Obama-era civil …


Google Walkout: Employees Stage Protest Over Handling of Sexual Harassment (New York Times)

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In New York, more than 3,000 gathered in a city park and carried signs that said, “O.K. Google, really?” In Dublin, dozens filled a sidewalk. And in Silicon Valley, thousands poured out of office buildings into a common outdoor area and chanted: “Stand up! Fight back!” Similar scenes played out in other cities around the world — from Singapore and …


Study raises questions about use of GRE in #STEM doctoral admissions (Inside HigherEd)

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A new study questions whether doctoral programs in science and technology should be using the Graduate Record Examination in admissions. The study, published Monday in the journal PLOS ONE, was based on an analysis of the academic performance of 1,805 students who constituted a representative sample of those enrolled at four flagship universities. Men had significantly higher quantitative scores than women at …


Climate confusion: Content and strategies, not controversy, are the biggest challenges for science teachers (Brookings)

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Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report describing the new risks the world will likely face by 2040 if governments fail to make significant progress on climate change. Yet, the likelihood of dramatically cutting greenhouse emissions in the U.S. is stymied by political divides among both politicians and the public about the urgency of the problem. …


Women succeeding in science and technology (KARE-11)

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Million Women Mentors, Keyot, and Best Buy are teaming up to bring a great mentorship event to the Twin Cities this November. This free event will give you, a woman in high school or college, the opportunity to explore STEM-related education and career options in an open, collaborative and fun setting, A panel of female STEM professionals will share their …


Pace University Opens New Learning Space Bringing STEM Computer Science Projects to Life (Pace)

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Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick celebrated the opening of an upgraded computer science educational space with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event included students, and university officials along with Assemblymember Glick and unveiled the new space at 163 William Street in lower Manhattan. Renovations were supported by a $500,000 grant, which …


Top STEM toys are hands-on fun (Washington Post)

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Do you remember in the movie “Toy Story,” when puffed-up superhero Buzz Lightyear finds out what he really is? “I’m not a Space Ranger,” he tells Woody sadly. “I’m just a toy. A stupid little insignificant toy.” “Whoa, hey, wait a minute,” Woody says. “Being a toy is a lot better than being a Space Ranger.” Woody’s right. Being a real toy …


2018-19 National FFA Officer Team Elected at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo (National FFA)

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Students from California, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Alabama and Oregon have been elected by delegates throughout the United States to serve on the 2018-19 National FFA Officer team. Luke O’Leary, an agricultural leadership and development major at Texas A&M University, was elected national president. Layni LeBlanc, an animal science – science and technology major at Louisiana State University, was elected national …